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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Cassville High School theater production on Saturday

The Cassville High School theater production class is ready to draw the community into a murder mystery, as “Cafe Murder” will be performed on Saturday at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Tickets will be sold for $5 for adults and $2 for Cassville school district students. Limited seating is available, and a treat will be provided to the audience.

Talana Hinson, Cassville speech, debate and theater teacher, said they chose “Cafe Murder” because it’s light-hearted and fun.

“We typically do two performances per year,” she said. “The first one is usually targeted toward the children, that way it eases the students into their first acting roles.”

Due to COVID-19, the Cassville’s theater class will just be putting on the one performance this year.

“The theater class teaches the students things like self-confidence, empathy and problem solving skills, all while being an outlet for their creativity,” Hinson said. “While ‘Cafe Murder’ is a fun and light-hearted play to put on, it was also a short performance, and with quarantines this year, we wanted to make sure if we missed a couple weeks of practice we would still be able to easily put on the production.”

The students are excited to get on a stage in front of their parents, teachers and peers.

“They want to show their growth and hard work,” she said. “They are optimistic that everyone will love it.”

While the class is a mix of freshman to seniors, the majority of the students are freshmen and sophomores.

“For most of them, it is their first ever performance,” Hinson said. “The students learn many different skills in this class, including, lights and sound, sets and props, hair and makeup and publicity.

“One student is acting student director for the play. She thinks she may want to pursue that further in college.”

Hinson said theater production class is much more than just acting, and there are many opportunities for involvement and interests.

The murder mystery comedy “Cafe Murder” will be fun for all to unravel the clues to what happened to poor hypochondriac Rosemary Saint-John.

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